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Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Sponsored by the Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, the Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards are intended to recognize faculty, staff and students within the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry community.

Diversity & Inclusion Awards

The Annual Diversity & Inclusion Awards are intended to recognize faculty, staff, and students within the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry community. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to creating a safe and supportive community by (1) engaging in creative and innovative strategies that promote and advance diversity and inclusive excellence within the college or other organization; or willingly serving, encouraging, and supporting persons of varying race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religious or political perspective, education level, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, veteran status or other human differences.

Selection Process

Each fall semester, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council will review nominations using the award rubric to recommend individuals to the IDEA Committee who should be recognized for their diversity and inclusion efforts during the previous academic year. One faculty, one staff, and one student will be recognized each year.

If the council determines that none of the nominees in a particular category meets the criteria, it may recommend that no award be given. There is no requirement that the award be presented annually.

Description of the Award

Each award will consist of a framed certificate and the choice of a gift or monetary award (subject to University regulations). The awards will be presented during the Annual Diversity & Inclusion Day Convocation or other appropriate public ceremony. Students will receive a cash award. Faculty may choose cash or a stipend to be used for academic enrichment (includes travel); Staff may choose cash or a full-day administrative leave with pay.


All COD faculty, staff, and students of COD. Diversity-related service should be outside of the individual’s role or position within the College and can take place on- or off-campus. Examples of service include: outstanding leadership, courage and support in the areas of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; cultural competence, active involvement in organizations that foster diversity awareness; promoting diversity in teaching, research or service to the college or community; assisting with diversity events and programs; and any other activity that displays a commitment to a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Supporting Materials

  • Nominees will be asked to submit supporting materials as follows:
  • A nomination letter from a department head, supervisor, or faculty member
  • A one - two page CV or resume outlining diversity activities and accomplishments
  • A personal statement (limited to 2 pages) describing their activities and accomplishments
    related to diversity, including any supporting materials (i.e., flyers, newspaper articles,
    video clips, etc.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from a credible source other than the nominator; e.g. faculty, director, or community leader.